Central Texas woman found dead at the wheel after car strikes tree

The officer was patrolling in the 8200 block of East Trimmier Road at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when he drove up on the crash. (Photo by Sam DeLeon/file)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen police were investigating Thursday after an officer on patrol drove up on the scene of a one-vehicle crash and found the 32-year-old driver dead at the wheel.

The officer was patrolling in the 8200 block of East Trimmier Road at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when he drove up on the crash.

Christina Marie Nowacki, 32, of Temple was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy was ordered.

A preliminary investigation found that Nowacki was driving her 2019 Chevrolet Sonic south on East Trimmier when the car left the west side of the road and struck a tree.